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Joining Ignite in 2017, Brandon’s background includes more than 10 years in youth engagement – helping young people tell their stories and build confidence through songwriting, music production and performance. You may recognize Brandon from past gigs at Hope Community Inc., Migizi Communications, McNally Smith College of Music, Minneapolis YMCA Beacons or perhaps as part of the renowned Twin Cities-based hip-hop duo Big Quarters. Having roots in both metro and rural Minnesota communities, Brandon is eager to strengthen communications and issue education that support afterschool access and quality in communities of all sizes. Brandon holds a bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Chicano studies from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities.
Jennifer is a Youth Program Strategist with 25 years experience helping individuals, groups and organizations address critical challenges in the lives of young people, their families and their communities. She joined Ignite Afterschool in 2019 focusing on operationalizing The Afterschool Blueprint: A Professional Development System for Minnesota’s Afterschool Providers, particularly the Continuous Program Improvement supports offered statewide aligned with Believe It, Build It: Minnesota’s Guide to Effective Afterschool Practices. In addition to her role with Ignite, Jennifer collaborates with clients to design, develop, implement and evaluate data-informed programs and initiatives since 2002 through GW Consulting. Her direct service youth work includes professional and volunteer roles in after-school, faith-based and community programs. Prior to starting her own practice, she worked 10 years in both research and publishing for Search Institute, a leader and partner for organizations around the world in discovering and nurturing what kids need to succeed. Jennifer holds a B.A. in Communications from Augsburg College and M.Ed. in Youth Development Leadership from the University of Minnesota.
As Executive Director, Kari ensures Ignite’s core work advances the organization’s mission, builds strategic partnerships, and support our Board of Directors. Please contact Kari with any press or media inquiries.
Kari joined Ignite Afterschool in 2013 to help build a strong, united voice for afterschool throughout Minnesota. Before joining Ignite, Kari spent seven years at the City of Saint Paul advancing Mayor Chris Coleman’s bold educational vision, and also as director of Sprockets, the city’s afterschool network. Kari has nearly 20 years of experience as youth worker, youth program manager and community organizer. A contributor to numerous whitepapers and a frequent presenter at industry conferences, Kari studied youth policy and public and nonprofit management at the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs and was trained at the Organizing Apprenticeship Project and the National Training and Information Center.
Zong Vue Vang is the Strategy Manager: Policy Network and Evaluation. Zong has an extensive background of over 10 years in both education and youth work in the Twin Cities. As a first generation college student, Zong attended Concordia University in St. Paul and graduated with a bachelor's degree in Secondary Education and minor in Special Education. Her passion focuses on social justice, education, and community organizing. She believes every child deserves equitable access to education, afterschool programming and healthy living which will allow them to choose their pathway in life. Networking and community organizing provides her opportunities to leverage resources and uplift communities. Prior to Ignite Afterschool and SPROCKETS, Zong has been engaged with the St. Paul Promise Neighborhood, SPROCKETS, St. Paul Public Schools, as well as other community-based and grass-roots initiatives.
Ann has been the Executive Director of the Minneapolis Youth Coordinating Board, a governmental joint powers board and partnership, since October 2008. She comes into her current position after serving 21 years as the founding Executive Director of OutFront Minnesota. Ann serves as the Chair of the Board of Athlos Leadership Academy, a Minnesota Charter School. Ann has presented at numerous conferences on topics as diverse as board development, fundraising, the role of the Executive Director, tax issues for non-profit organizations, how to set up a fiscal sponsorship program, class and age issues in community organizing and electoral strategies for non-profit organizations.
Chris Ganzlin has served as the VP of Girls and Youth Programs at YWCA Minneapolis since 2011. She has more than 20 years of experience in the youth development field and as a public advocate for youth, focusing on non-formal learning and out-of-school-time. Chris previously held the Howland Endowed Chair in Youth Development at the U of MN and came to the YWCA from over two decades at The McKnight Foundation, where she created and shaped the foundation’s commitment to youth development. Chris is active with the Minneapolis Youth Coordinating Board Afterschool Network and serves on the Better Together Hennepin Advisory Task Force working to reduce teen pregnancy. She also serves on the Minnesota Pediatric Obesity Care and Coverage Task Force and Steering Committee whose role is to reduce health disparities in children of color in Minnesota, and is on the boards of YouthCARE and now Ignite Afterschool.
Prior to joining Ignite's board Kaela has been both the recipient of and facilitator for youth development programming in the Twin Cities. A proud TRIO alumnus and AmeriCorps member, Kaela left the non-profit sector for a few years in exchange for corporate experiences only to be drawn back by the mission and values of youth work.
Grateful for the work Ignite is doing, Kaela believes that with the changes our society sees everyday, engaging afterschool programming and the support thereof, is crucial to the cultivation of opportunities and experiences our youth need to grow. In living this philosophy, Kaela currently works for Genesys Work as the Manager of School and Community Partnerships. In this role she has spent time working alongside teachers, counselors and administrators of Twin Cities schools to find ways for youth to be connected outside of the classroom.
A Minnesota Native, Kaela is a graduate of Augsburg University, where she studied Psychology and Law.
Monica Herrera is the Director of the Safety, Health and Nutrition Division at the Minnesota Department of Education. The team provides training, technical assistance and resources to Minnesota’s schools, youth-serving organizations and other public entities in areas related to nutrition and health promotion, youth development and out-of-school time learning opportunities.
Prior to joining the department, she worked for a variety of nonprofit and state and local government entities in policy development, planning, administration, finance, and organizational development, with a special emphasis on issues that impact women and children. Her career experiences have included leading and managing statewide programs, providing training and consulting services on strategic planning, governance, teambuilding, conflict resolution, community building, collaboration, and cultural equity.
Ms. Herrera is certified in both individual and multi-party mediation and holds a bachelor of science degree in family life studies and a master's degree in public policy.
Mukund’s professional career over the last 25 years spans global industrial and health care markets requiring interaction with cross-functional, multi-cultural teams. A strong leader with personal initiative and commitment, able to motivate through articulating a vision and executing it through clear communication, team work, organization and planning. Among the organizations he has worked for, including General Motors, Medtronic and 3M Company, Mukund has had positions of responsibility in running businesses, portfolio management and strategic planning. Mukund has served as a volunteer with several Twin Cities organizations and hopes to bring these skills to Ignite Afterschool.
Mukund graduated with a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Syracuse University, New York, followed by a Master of Business Administration from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Terryl Brumm was named CEO and president of the Boys & Girls Club of the Twin Cities in 2016. Terryl has spent the last twenty years advancing the work of youth development and advocating for greater resources to support the collective efforts within the Twin Cities community. Under her leadership the Club’s budget growth continues to increase while investments are made in high quality, evidence based initiatives that strengthen communities and work to give all youth the tools they need to graduate high school with a plan for the future. Serving more than 11,000 kids annually and 900+ a day, the Clubs provide kids age 5 to 18 years a safe, engaging, and supportive community and Club Experience across nine locations including Voyageur Environmental Center. Terryl has a BS in Child Psychology and a Masters of Business Administration.
Tracie Clanaugh has served as a leader in the field of Youth Development since 1990 when she began her career at the Duluth Area Family YMCA. At the YMCA she has served as Youth and Family Program Director, YMCA Camp Miller Director and has most recently serves as Executive Director of the Community Services Branch of the YMCA. In addition to the Duluth YMCA she worked with ten school districts in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan; securing and implementing a 10 district 21st Century Community Learning Center project in 3 counties. Her work as a leader includes extensive staff and volunteer training, collaborative leadership in a number of collaborations that work to serve youth in our community and management of high-quality program that align with the mission of our organization.